Review of Firefly flight Subang Seletar in Economy

Airline Firefly
Flight FY3132
Class Economy
Seat 7F
Aircraft ATR 72-500
Flight time 01:00
Take-off 05 May 19, 17:20
Arrival at 05 May 19, 18:20
FY 18 reviews
TerryYong
By GOLD 434
Published on 15th May 2019

Headed to Subang Skypark terminal via a 30min Grab ride. Unlike the massive KLIA, Subang is simple and uncrowded, catering to only turboprop flights.


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Checked in at the Firefly desks without hassle and boarding receipt issued.


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There is actually a lounge at Subang, SkyLounge, which can be accessed via Priority Pass membership. The lounge is simple, with sofa seating and a small buffet setup.


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FIDS in the lounge.


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Basic buffet selection



Headed through immigration and security to the departure gate, where the earlier flight to Seletar was just being boarded. There were 2 Firefly flights to Seletar Airport within 25min.


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Main aircraft at Subang were Firefly and Malindo ATR72s.


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Remainder of the passengers waiting to board our flight.


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15min later, boarding was called and it was a short walk to the tarmac to the awaiting aircraft in a special livery.


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05 May 2019
Firefly
FY 3132
Kuala Lumpur Subang (SZB) - Singapore Seletar (XSP)
ATR72-500
9M-FYJ
Economy Class
Flight Time: 1H01M

Boarding the prop.



The seats were refurbished recently with new leather upholstery and modern design.


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View from the window.


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Average legroom.


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Reading materials.


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Boarding was completed very swiftly as the fight was only half full. After the safety demo was performed by the crew, we taxied the taxi to the runway.



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Departure from Rwy15.




Sunset over Port Klang.


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Immediately after seatbelt signs were turned off, the 2 very efficient and friendly crew started the refreshment service.


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Firefly still offers a complimentary snack and drink on all their flights. On offer today were a choice of peanuts or curry puff (or both), and mango juice or soya bean milk. I am certainly impressed with the offerings by the airline.


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Nothing much to do for the rest of the flight till we started the descent into Singapore. Johor Bahru city center, as well as Singapore's Woodlands estate and the causeway can be spotted.


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Flew towards the north-eastern part of Johor before starting the approach into Seletar, descending along the controversial glidepath above Pasir Gudang developments and port into Seletar.



Landing into Seletar's Rwy21 and taxied to the new airport terminal.




Parked at the stand.


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Disembarked and walked to the terminal. We were the last scheduled commercial arrival flight into Seletar for the day.



From the tarmac, you are led straight into the small immigration hall.


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The sole baggage belt is just after immigration. There were some interesting décor around as well.


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After customs check, it is straight into the small arrival hall.


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Greenery between arrival and departure halls.


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Empty check-in hall.


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Seletar Airport is definitely under-utilized at the moment, serving just 6 Firefly departures and arrivals daily. There are news that Malindo and Indonesian carrier Wings Air are also looking at starting flights into Seletar. Hopefully Seletar will be slightly busier with the additional flights in the future, and the secondary airport will play a bigger role in the growth of aviation for Singapore.


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Verdict

Firefly

7.6/10
Cabin8.0
Cabin crew8.0
Entertainment/wifi6.0
Meal/catering8.5

Subang - SZB

7.9/10
Efficiency9.0
Access8.0
Services7.0
Cleanliness7.5

Seletar - XSP

7.8/10
Efficiency9.5
Access6.0
Services6.0
Cleanliness9.5

Conclusion

Firefly remains as a very comfortable way to fly, especially if you would like to experience a turboprop flight from Singapore.

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2 Comments

  • Comment 503063 by
    ThomasDutch SILVER 307 Comments

    I remember seeing them regularly at some Thai destinations when they used to operate Fokker 50s, but never got any chance to fly with them, but it seems they still serve you a decent product compared to MH.
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    And out of curiosity, but is there anyway by public transport from Seletar to the City Center? Or is it mandatory to find a transport in terms of a car/taxi?
    --
    Thanks for sharing!

    • Comment 503368 by
      Eric V P GOLD 117 Comments

      Hi Thomas,

      There is a bus service (and only one) to/from Seletar airport, but it doesn't go straight to the city centre - one needs to transfer to MRT and from there continue the trip to the city centre.

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